It was a lofty goal, but I truly believed I could do it. I had secured the Vera Bradley line, and the City Creek planners wanted Vera Bradley at the mall. It took several meetings with the retail developer to take me seriously. Many times he asked for pictures of the store I wanted to duplicate; I would reply "John, I don't currently have a store, the point is I want to CREATE one!" By this time John (store development manager for Taubman Corporation) and I were on a first name basis and talked several times a week. He gave me lots of business advice and I advised him on my weekly Sunday School lesson. John told me two things that have stuck with me: 1. There is ALWAYS another opportunity awaiting, and 2. Everything is negotiable. That advice has stuck with me and proved valuable.
After months of negotiating a space and convincing John I was the real deal, I had a lease in hand. That was a bit scary and I questioned whether or not I REALLY wanted that lease after all. It was a HUGE monetary commitment, the hours were long, and I questioned whether it was the right fit for a local boutique. At the same time, an area of Bountiful's Main Street was undergoing redevelopment and I was very curious what that was all about. After expressing my concerns to my husband, he stopped by the construction site to check it out.
Within minutes of Dave's arrival on Main Street, I had a phone call from him, "I have the owner of the Main Street development on the line, come down and see what is going on." It was love at first sight for me - I loved the location on Main Street, I loved that it was two miles from home, and I loved the idea of being part of the local community. I knew immediately this was where Touche` needed to be. That was April 2012, and the rest is history!
The next four months were a whirlwind! The store was designed, legal documents filed, product ordered, and my family and friends put to work. Our garage was a workshop used for refinishing the antiques we have in the store, the dining room became the office space, and my entire house was filled with boxes of product ready to display. It was a crazy, busy, exciting time. It was a "learn as you go" experience with a lot of help along the way. We've morphed over the years - we sell more Hobo bags than Vera Bradley, our clothing selection has grown, our jewelry lines have changed, but we still have a great selection of gift items for the kitchen buff! Eight years later and with all the changes, Touche` is still my happy place.
Celebrate our birthday with 20 percent off all cake plates, pedestals, and platters in the store.
Cheers and Happy Birthday, Touche`!
One of my favorite simple summer pasta dishes- pasta con salsa fresca. We have it for lunch weekly at the beach house in Italy. The sauce takes minutes to prepare and we let it sit and marinade while we are at the beach then toss it with hot pasta when we come home. I am laughing while I eat. I love it. I love the pasta and I love this moment. This describes the many moments at our family table in Italy- years and years on repeat. We eat. We discuss. We share. We yell (it’s the Italian way of “talking” when passionate- it took my husband years to understand this). We eat. We laugh. We love. That’s it. Mangia. Mangia. Life is short and we only have so much we can eat every day. Make it worth your time ️.
Made with Amore,
2 pints (560 grams) cherry tomatoes, diced
2 cloves garlic, slivered
1/4 cup fresh basil, torn by hand
1/2 cup good quality olive oil
Salt for cooking pasta
Mix all ingredients in a large serving bowl
Cover with plastic wrap and let sit on counter at lest 30 minutes before tossing with pasta
Bring a large pot of water to boil
Salt pasta water generously (about 10 grams of salt per liter of water)
Cook pasta according to package until 'al dente'
Drain pasta and toss with fresh tomato sauce
Enjoy warm or cold!
Our annual sidewalk sale signals the arrival of new merchandise. It's always fun to make room for new products coming in for the fall and holiday seasons, It's literally spring cleaning in July! In a normal year, I would be traveling to Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Denver and Las Vegas to check out goods and put in orders for spring. Everything arriving now was ordered back in January and February. It's true, we ordered for holiday 2020 clear back in January!
I have such fun memories of going to market. The first time I went to Magic (one of the largest clothing shows in the country) I was completely overwhelmed. I had NO idea how to navigate the craziness of hundreds of vendors vying for the attendee's attention. I literally went back to my hotel room, ate the leftover peanut butter sandwich I'd packed with me the day before, and flew home the next morning. Since then, I've become more seasoned and know how to play the game a bit better.
Los Angeles is my favorite clothing market for children and for some women's lines as well. Dallas is my go-to for gifts - it's hard to beat that southern hospitality; Denver is very laid back and home to one of my favorite showrooms; and then there's Magic in Vegas - just plain crazy! It is HUGE, and crowded, and noisy, and over-the-top - like everything else in Vegas!
A few years ago I took my mom to Dallas. It was her first trip to that city and at 80 years old, probably her last. It was a chance to immerse her in my world and she now has a clear picture of this whole market scene when I talk about it. My daughter has often been my companion, but so have co-workers, my sisters, friends, and even my non-shopper husband went to the NY Toy Fair. Most of the time, they've all been great shopping companions and enjoy the "shopping on steroids" experience!
Truth be known, LA is my favorite place to go solo. I spend 12-hour days in showrooms, then crash at my hotel with take-out food and a good book. It's like my own mini vacation. The vendors have become dear friends and I look forward to our semi-annual visits. For the past five years, every time I've gone I have a new grandbaby or one on the way. They are so amused as their world consists of one, maybe two children, and those children have dogs - not babies!
Market season looks much different this year. Most shows have been cancelled and collections are being shown virtually. There is no "touch and feel" and I'm sure when goods start arriving for spring, we'll have some real hits as well as misses! In the meantime, I hope you find a few leftovers of some of our past favorites at this year's sidewalk sale. Here's to "out with the old to make room for the new."
Happy shopping friends!